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NASA wants Supreme Court to punish IEBC, Uhuru for October 26 poll mess

NASA has responded to the petition filed by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalif challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 26.

The coalition is listed as the fourth respondent in the case seeking the nullification of the declaration by IEBC that Uhuru won the repeat vote.

In an affidavit filed by NASA campaign manager Musalia Mudavadi, the party is accusing the President and IEBC of committing electoral malpractices.

They also want the Supreme Court to take issue with Uhuru’s statements targeted to the judges who voted to annul the August 8 polls.

Uhuru’s first public rally following the Supreme Court ruling where he promised to ‘revisit’ the Judges ruling

Mue and Khelef has based his challenge on the fact that IEBC did not conduct fresh nominations.

He also holds that Raila’s withdrawal automatically cancelled the vote.

Mudavadi further points an accusing finger towards the electoral commission for failing to hold its officers accountable.

He avers that the electoral agency failed to punish officials who committed the illegalities and irregularities that saw the Supreme Court nullify the August vote.

Had the commission agreed to resolve the issues, Mudavadi says NASA would have participated in the fresh polls.

Mudavadi points out that this was the reason NASA withdrew its candidate from the race through a letter written to IEBC on October 10, 2017.

He said the move followed an evaluation of the atmosphere of violence and intimidation that had been created by the 3rd Respondent (Uhuru).

The NASA leader further cited the failure of the 1st and 2nd Respondent namely IEBC and chairman Wafula Chebukati respectively to implement the reforms they requested.

The party is also accusing Uhuru of enticing its leaders among them Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), Alfred Khangati (Bungoma), and Isaac Ruto ( Bomet) with jobs and money.

NASA added Hassan Omar (Mombasa), David Nkedianye (Kajiado), Joseph Tiampati (Narok) and former Meru Governor Peter Munya to the list.

Raila revealed Ex Meru Governor Munya was blackmailed to ditch NASA after endorsing NASA. He subsequently withdrew his election petition against current Governor Kiraitu Murungi

“The statements made by Uhuru at a Rally in Meru where he intimated that he had obtained the support of one Munya by an agreement to offer him a job in his government as a reward for changing his allegiance from NASA.”

“Prior to issuing threats against the judiciary, he had unleashed a reign of terror against members and supporters of NASA,” Mudavadi says in the affidavit.

Mudavadi said Raila wrote to the IEBC notifying them of their abandonment of their presidential quest in the October 26, 2017, elections.

He says the engagement of lawyer Evans Monari by the commission yet he has previously acted for Uhuru in other electoral matters was also improper.

“While knowing Monari was the advocate for the Uhuru advising him on issues relating to the intended election, IEBC retained the lawyer in a petition lodged by ex-Kilome Mp Harun Mwau.”

On relations with foreign envoys particularly US’ Robert Godec and UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey, NASA says it was also improper because they “have on many occasion acted as Uhuru’s public relations officers.”

The coalition has also mentioned police brutality mostly in their stronghold areas adding that Jubilee women took oaths to ensure Uhuru was sworn-in as the president.

“Women styling up themselves as jubilee women brigade started holding gatherings in various parts of the country which they adopted military mannerism like salutes, that they administer oaths on women,” he said. The Star

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